I can’t get beyond the taste of this herb. Ugh! Anything made with cilantro is a turn-off.
Now I know why…
Why Does Cilantro Taste Like Soap?
To be clear, many gourmands enjoy topping their fish, salads, and soups with a smattering of this herb. However, others feel like they’re biting into a bar of Ivory Spring. The reason appears to be a matter of genetics.
One 2012 study showed that people equipped with certain olfactory receptor genes are more prone to detecting cilantro’s aldehydes, compounds also commonly found in household cleaning agents and perfumes. While the percentage of the population that suffers from this fate tops out at about 20%, the resulting taste is apparently awful enough to spark passionate responses of the sort found on Facebook’s I Hate Cilantro page, which has more than 26,000 likes.
And while we’re on the topic… I remember having a conversation with a friend not long ago at which time we were serving asparagus as a side. I mentioned that my urine smells like asparagus not long after I’ve eaten it. Contrary to my olfactory experience, he said he’s never detected anything “odiferous” when he goes after eating asparagus.
Hmmm…. well, now I know why…
Why Does Asparagus Make My Urine Smell Bad?
Not to be outdone by its fellow healthy side dish, asparagus comes with the unfortunate side effect of producing strong-smelling urine. This comes from the asparagusic acid present solely in this particular vegetable, which breaks down into sulfur byproducts upon digestion and surfaces in urine as soon as 15 minutes after eating.
Not everyone is genetically capable of detecting this odor. One study published in 2016 found that roughly 60% of participants reported nothing funky in the bathroom after ingesting asparagus. Regardless, for the people who do experience the aroma, it’s perfectly natural. Whew!
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